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Latest update : 2016-02-25

35-hour week: Do the French really work less?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 25.02.16: France is famous (or infamous) for its short working week. But in reality, the stereotype of lazy French workers attached to their 35-hour week is an exaggeration.

Introduced in 2000 to boost job creation, the 35-hour working week remains a deeply divisive issue here in France. The right wing and business representatives say it’s the root cause of France’s economic woes. Defenders say it’s improved the well-being of workers and productivity. Over time, the law has been watered down, meaning that on average, French employees work a lot more than 35 hours a week.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2016-08-25 France

Understanding the burkini ban

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 25.08.16: This week we wade into the controversy of the summer: the burkini ban. Several French mayors have banned the modest swim suit worn by some...

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2016-08-11 police

Understanding France’s complex law enforcement

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 11.08.16: This week, we give you the low down on France’s complex law enforcement. There are two police agencies at the national level as well as...

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2016-07-22 French economy

35 hours: Are French workers lazy?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 28.07.16: France is famous for its 35-hour working week, but does that mean French workers are lazy? If you look at the statistics, French people work...

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2016-07-21 secularism

Laïcité: Is French state secularism too extreme?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 21.07.16: France's brand of secularism – "laïcité" – is often the cause of bitter debates, particularly in the wake of last year’s Charlie Hebdo...

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2016-07-14 France

Bastille Day: A national holiday to celebrate France

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 14.07.16: This week we focus on France's national holiday, known as Bastille Day, which takes place on July 14th. Celebrations are held across the...

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